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Assistive Technology Lab

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Assistive Technology Options for Students with Disabilities at NDSU

Disability Services offers specific software programs and assistive technology designed to meet the individual  needs of students with disabilities.  Assistive technology (A.T.) is used by individuals in order to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible. The technology can include devices such as hardware or software designed to assist students in accessing computers or other information technologies. 

The goal of offering various technology and software is to provide students with tools to allow greater independence in their learning and to maximize physical or learning strengths while minimizing individual challenges.  Disability Services encourages NDSU students with disabilities to utilize the lab to complete homework, study, and learn more about the various technologies available.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Assistive Technology Lab Hours?
Monday through Friday: 6:00am-11:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 8:00am-11:00pm

What is located in the Assistive Technology lab?
The A.T. lab is a private computer lab with three Dell workstations on adjustable height desks.  NDSU Disability Services oversees access to the lab and students are able to use specific technology/software in this quiet area.  The lab is currently located in the Family Life Center, Room 120A.

Please contact Disability Services to request card access:


During summer 2013, the Assistive Technology Lab will be relocating to the TLMC computer lab and will no longer be located in the Family Life Center.  Additional information on the transition will be available in the future.

What specific software is available on the A.T. Lab computers?

In addition to having access to NDSU's wide range of software, including Microsoft Office, students have access to the following programs:

Dragon Naturally Speaking 11.0 (click for User's guide)
A speech-to-text program
Dragon recognizes what you say and how you say it so you can turn talk into text and use your voice to command the PC and applications.  Say words and they appear on your screen.  Use your favorite applications to dictate documents, send email, or search the web.  Speak simple voice commands into a headset/microphone to launch applications.  (This program requires additional training for the computer to recognize your voice.)

Jaws 13.0 for Windows (click for User's Guide)
Screen reading software developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content.  JAWS reads aloud what's on the PC screen.

Kurzweil 3000 (click for User's Guide)
A text-to-speech program.
Software that allows students to scan textbooks and documents and have the documents read back through speakers or head-phones.  Scanners and headphones are available at each of the three workstations.

Is there any additional software or technology I can borrow?

NDSU students with disabilities can borrow the following items:

Read&Write GOLD (click for User's Guide)
An easy-to-use program designed to help improve reading fluency and comprehension.  This software also includes speech-to-text writing capabilities (like Dragon Naturally Speaking).  Read&Write helps facilitate improved research, writing, studying and test-taking skills.  For more information on each of the Read&Write GOLD functions please access their website:

Livescribe Smart Pen (click for User's Guide)
The smartpen lets you record everything you hear and write in a lecture and you'll never miss a word.  Write less and listen more, knowing the smartpen will capture everything.  The notes and audio from the smartpen can then be transferred to a computer using the Livescribe Desktop program.  For more information, please go to:

Livescribe smartpens and accessories are also sold at the NDSU bookstore.

To see how the Livescribe pen works or for individualized training on technology and software programs, contact Anita Hanson, Disability Specialist at: or 701-231-7323.

Additional Assistive Technology Resources:

DO-IT at the University of Washington promotes the use of computer and networking technologies to increase independence, productivity, and participation of college students with disabilities.  Information on computer technology and web accessibility can be found at the DO-IT webpage.

Accessibility in Apple:

Accessibility in Windows:

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Assistive Technology Information Center:

North Dakota Interagency Programs for Assistive Technology:

Regional Assistive Technology Center, Minnesota State Moorhead:




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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 3:44:36 PM